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How can I get kitten to play/excercise??

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I posted this in another place, but maybe if i post it here I can get some more responses... this is about Nina, my 6 1/2 month old medium haired calico kitten who i got about 2 1/2 weeks ago.!! Her background is that some guy found her at walking around a parking lot at about 8 weeks old and brought her to the rescue and they have had her ever since.. she's been fixed and is healthy. She lived one of the rescue owners house with almost 30 other cats.. the rescue ppl told me that when she first came she was like any other kitten, very playful and jumping around etc.. however, she was bullied my one of the other older cats who played with her like she was a toy (the other cat wasn't trying to hurt her but she didn't like that). Anyways, over time she became she quiet and timid, usually curled up on a bed sleeping. After I got her (which has only been two weeks), she has gotten the attention she deserves and she a definitely a lap cat!! She loves to be brushed, petted and will do anything to sit on my lap and curl up and go to sleep. When my friends come over she loves to be petted by them as well. I don't think she likes being alone b/c when I come back from work she is usually under the bed and then comes out and rubs against me. She doesn't vocalize much, is very obidient and has never scratched or bitten. The thing I'm worried about is that she does not play AT ALL!! I've bought her various toys and try to play with her, but she might bat the feather toy once and then just looks up at me. Although she is only 4 pounds now (small for her age), I wish she would still get more excercise. She doesn't run or jump or play, and sleeps pretty much all day AND night!

How can I get her to play or at least get exercise???
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I'd bring her to your vet to make sure nothing is physically wrong with her.
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She sounds like a Gamma cat.

I've written extensively on them, because I have the Ultimate Gamma, Puffy.


If she's healthy, this is the way they are. It's no wonder she didn't do well with 30 other cats! Gammas are very sensitive about causing trouble. Puffy will look up from a place he's been sleeping in for years, just to make sure he's supposed to be there.

Puffy isn't much for toys, though he will get going with a Cat Dancer, because it hovers around his head like an insect does. Maybe she just needs a different kind of toy, but even if not, I wouldn't worry.

They are delightfully loving. If she's happy, this is what she does. But if you get another cat, make sure it's another Gamma.
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